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Ja Morant had 32 points as Murray State narrowly beat Austin Peay 73-71 on Thursday night.

Austin Peay's Steve Harris scored on a buzzer-beating putback that would have sent the game to overtime, but had it waived off after official review.

Morant hit 11 of 13 free throws. He added seven assists and six rebounds.

Tevin Brown had 14 points and seven rebounds for Murray State (20-4, 11-2 Ohio Valley Conference), which won its fourth consecutive game. Darnell Cowart added 12 points and seven rebounds. KJ Williams had nine rebounds for the visiting team.

Terry Taylor had 25 points and eight rebounds for the Governors (18-8, 10-3), whose four-game winning streak ended with the loss. Chris Porter-Bunton added 19 points. Jabari McGhee had 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Murray State matches up against Eastern Kentucky on the road on Saturday. Austin Peay plays Morehead State on the road on Saturday.

Here are Thursday night's high school basketball scores featuring local teams.

Boys

Fulton County 74, Ballard Memorial 54
McCracken County 55, Hopkinsville 52
Livingston Central 63, St. Mary 58
Trigg County 53, Fort Campbell 43
Murray 66, Carlisle County 47
Marshall County 60, Pope County, IL 44

Girls

Murray 47, Carlisle County 30
Graves County 57, Muhlenberg County 38
Fulton County 47, Ballard Memorial 35
Livingston Central 59, St. Mary 29
Lyon County 33, Hopkins County Central 26
Trigg County 56, Fort Campbell 19
Jared Savage tallied 16 points and 11 rebounds to lead Western Kentucky to a 71-63 win over Middle Tennessee on Thursday night.

Josh Anderson had 17 points and seven rebounds for Western Kentucky (16-10, 9-4 Conference USA), which won its fifth straight game. Charles Bassey added 13 points and four blocks. Lamonte Bearden had 11 points and eight assists for the home team.

Donovan Sims had 18 points for the Blue Raiders (8-18, 5-8). Reggie Scurry added 16 points and eight rebounds. Antonio Green had 14 points and six rebounds.

Western Kentucky finishes out the regular season against UAB at home on Saturday.

Middle Tennessee finishes out the regular season against Marshall on the road on Saturday.

Otto Porter Jr. is no longer taking a back seat when it comes to scoring.

Porter scored a career-high 37 points on 16-for-20 shooting, Robin Lopez added season-high 25 points, and the Chicago Bulls beat the Memphis Grizzlies 122-110 on Wednesday night.

Lauri Markkanen added 21 points as Chicago ended a franchise-record 11-game home losing streak with their first win at the United Center since beating Orlando on Dec. 21.

Porter scored at ease, getting the Bulls' first six points in the third quarter and capping it off with a dunk off a pass from Zach LaVine. Porter later set up LaVine for a three-point play to give the Bulls a 80-66 lead with 7:21 left in the quarter.

Porter was acquired a day before the deadline in a trade with Washington, where Joh Wall and Bradley Beal were the primary options. Porter is adjusting just fine to his new scoring role in the Chicago offense.

"It's totally different. I mean I'm just getting here, so I'm still figuring it out," Porter said.

He was 3 for 5 from 3-point range in his third career 30-point game.

"Obviously, Otto had a big night. He let it come to him, he took good shots, had a nice rhythm, got the ball in his hands. His versatility, I thought, really showed," Bulls coach Jim Boylen said.

Bradley got Memphis to 109-101 with 4:48 left, but the Bulls answered with a 10-0 run. Markkanen made a 3 to give the Bulls a 118-101 lead with 2:33 left.

The Bulls also won for just the fourth time in 22 games.

Avery Bradley scored 15 points for the Grizzlies, who lost for the second straight night.

"I think we were tired. There was no about it. We had a bunch of guys put forth a ton of effort in a game that went down to the wire. Guys were competitive and the energy level was high, the spirit was high. Tonight, we just couldn't find a spark," Grizzlies coach J.B. Bickerstaff said.

Mike Conley was back in the Grizzlies' lineup after missing Tuesday's 108-107 loss to the Spurs with an illness. He finished with 12 points.

Porter shot 8 for 9 from the field and 3 for 3 from 3-point range for 21 points in the first half.

"He (Porter) played very well, but not only him, but Lopez as well, Robin. He had a really good game. I thought he was the difference maker. He set the tone for the game for their team," Bradley said.

The Bulls led 67-62 at the half. Jaren Jackson Jr. and Jonas Valciunas each had 10 points for the Grizzlies and they each finished with 12 points.

TIME FOR SOME REST

The break couldn't come at a better time for Bradley, who was traded from the Clippers at the deadline to Memphis. "I'm going to enjoy it. Go see my family now. It's been a crazy few days so it is going to be nice to get home with my wife and my kids," he said.

TIP-INS

Grizzlies: C Joakim Noah, who received a nice ovation when he checked in the first quarter, played against his former team for only the third time. Noah was the 2013-14 Defensive Player of Year with the Bulls. "My years in Chicago were just so special and I feel I learned so much. In that 10-year span we were really going for it, we were going for a championship, and I thought there was a couple of years where we really had a chance," Noah said.

Bulls: Former F Bobby Portis indicated in a HoopsHype article the communication with the Bulls leading to his trade to Washington at the deadline wasn't always direct. "I just don't think it was done the right way," Portis was quoted as saying. Boylen didn't agree. "At this level, a lot of times you get out of something what you put into it. Bobby had a great experience here that he's verbalized. Obviously, he's with a different team now. We did offer Bobby a contract to be here and it's his purgative to choose to not take that deal, part of the league too. Everybody here is being treated with respect. I'm direct and honest with what I want, who we are, who I think we can be," Boylen said. ... G Kris Dunn didn't play. He is out with a lower back contusion.

UP NEXT

Grizzlies: Bradley reunites with his former teammates when the Grizzlies host the Clippers on Feb. 22.

Bulls: Travel to Orlando after the All-Star break to face the Magic on Feb. 22.

Murray State sophomore Ja Morant was among list of 30 student-athletes on the 2019 Naismith Trophy Midseason Team as announced by the Atlanta Tipoff Club.
 
Morant, out of Dalzell, S.C., adds the Naismith Trophy to a growing list of midseason honors that have been given to him including the John Wooden, Oscar Robertson, Lou Henson and Lute Olsen awards.
 
In only 54 career games, Morant has 955 points and 436 assists and this season is first in the nation with 10.2 assists per game and 10th with 23.9 points per game. Morant continues his run to become the first NCAA
D-I player since 1985 to average 20 points and 10 assists in a single season.
 
Morant has 19 games of 20-plus scoring and 15 double-double games this season and one triple-double.
 
The Naismith list will narrow even further to 10 national semifinalists on March 4. The list is cut to four names on March 19, and fans will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite player leading up to the final announcement. The 2019 Naismith Trophy will be awarded April 7 during the Final Four in Minneapolis.
 
Named in honor of Dr. James Naismith, inventor of the game of basketball, the family of Naismith Awards annually recognizes the most outstanding men's and women's college and high school basketball players and coaches.